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Zambezi Whitewater Festival
13th to 16th October 2023
White water rafting festival on the Zambezi River
The Zambezi White water festival is an annual celebration of the wild Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls. Rafting in the area is a very popular activity, drawing visitors from all around the world for exhilarating world-class rafting trips. The two-day
event is hosted on the Livingstone side of the river (Zambia), packed with big
water and timed tasks, accompanied by live entertainment in the evenings, craft
stalls, great food and drinks - fun, fun, fun.
Teams of six skippered by an International Rafting
Federation accredited guide will battle it out for the grand title and some rather grand prizes
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Starting from lunch time and through the afternoon, team registration will be open at The Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia where teams will get kitted out for the next 2 days.
Day 2 – Competition Day 1
Breakfast is at 7h45, then it's Zambezi time!
The race takes place from Rapid #1 – #13. A Zambezi Test of the Best
- a timed race from the Boiling Pot below Victoria Falls to the eddy below rapid #4
"Morning Glory". Rafts set off at one minute intervals, times are converted into points - Race water distance: 2300m.
A Zambezi Le Mans sprint - mass start from the pool below Rapid # 5 to the pool above rapid #7. One team member to touch attainment point on river bank at finish. There is a strong element of moving on the rocks here to reach attainment point. Team finishing positions and times accrue points.
Race water distance: 700m. A kayak slalom race at rapid #7 - One raft at a time down the course with attainment areas, start at Rapid #12 pool. Finish-jailhouse eddy Rapid #13. A timed race with time penalties for missing attainment targets, team positions and times accrue points. Race water distance:
900m with attainments excluded. The race concludes by 15h30, and a river cruise
departs at 16h30.
Day 3 – Competition Day 2
After breakfast, the race takes place from rapid #13 to #21. This also includes a fun 'Surf &
Turf' competition for the best surf on the iconic Rapid 18, Oblivion. On
is usually quite the party, with screenings of the day's events, the prize-giving
ceremony followed by post festival celebrations, all at
The Waterfront. Details of the closing celebration will be
confirmed closer to the dates.
Participants get special rates on accommodation - free
camping, and discounted accommodation at the Waterfront and David Livingstone
Safari Lodge. An Early Bird Discount is available for the first teams to book and pay by
31 August 2023.
2022 teams can register at a "VIP price", also by 31 August 2022.
Registration has already begun for the 2023 event, which begins on 13 till 16
October. To register for the event
and to get more information, email
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